PA Budget Deadlock and the Pitfalls of Socialism

Bastiat_QuoteThe pitfalls of socialism are many, and the current budget deadlock in Pennsylvania reveals yet another. This budget impasse is among the longest in State history (all but two previously were resolved before Christmas). And now we are hearing all the horror stories, such as foster parents not receiving state aid payments to care for the children they have taken in, school districts forced to borrow money and now beginning to run out of credit, college students not receiving their financial aid payments, etc.

My intention with this post is not to analyze the situation and cast blame or make specific policy recommendations. Rest assured, there is plenty of blame to go around, and the Internet is riddled with pieces casting blame and offering ‘common sense’ solutions. I just want to take this opportunity to point out something that isn’t talked about as much – that the root cause of all these problems is not the budget fiasco per se, but the socialist policies we have implemented that require a state budget deal to provide these services.

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Reflections on The Cardinal Newman Society interview of Common Core Architect, David Coleman

I recently read this report, by Adam Cassandra, “EXCLUSIVE:  Common Core Architect Says Don’t Abandon Traditional Catholic Education, Students ‘Will Do Superbly” on New SAT Exam”.  The writer and those at the Cardinal Newman Society obviously want to assure those of us who believe in Classical Education, that our children will do well on the SAT and AP exams, even after Coleman aligns them with Common Core.  David Coleman says it so I guess I should bet the house on it.  Or do you think we should be skeptical of a man who gave us  math “standards” which call for children to answer basic arithmetic questions by group consensus?  (eg. 2+2=5 if the majority says so)  I won’t even go into how he is destroying very young minds, with Common Core’s raunchy sex education.  I am Continue reading

Happy Guadete Sunday! And Feast of Saint Lucy – December 13!

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Rejoice! Today is Guadete Sunday and the 3rd Sunday of Advent so we will light the pink candle in the Advent wreath today. Gaudete means rejoice, and as we draw closer to Christmas this day is a reminder to us to rejoice because the wait is almost over and soon we will celebrate the birth of Christ!

Today is also “Bambinelli Sunday”. Each year on the Third Sunday of Advent, children gather with their families in St. Peter’s Square and bring with them their figures of the Christ child, the “Bambinelli”, from their family’s Nativity scene and the pope blesses the children and the figurines they have brought. My kids love the book, Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing, by Amy Welborn.

Lucy was born and lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was a virgin martyr who died during the persecution of Diocletian. As a young teenager, Lucy had consecrated her virginity and life to God.

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Trump for President? I don’t think so.

Donald Trump has been saying that as president he would make America great again.  He makes many inflammatory remarks, which often serve to stimulate people”s interest.  Why?  People are glad to hear someone who refuses to be politically correct.  They are at least subconsciously aware that you should be able to say how you feel, provided you don’t slander others.  A recent inflammatory remark, made by Trump is that he, as president, would encourage the practice of waterboarding, during interrogations.  This type of torture is, and should be illegal, under both domestic and international law.  For more information go here. Continue reading

Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas

Listen and let it penetrate your heart…do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?  ~ Our Lady to Juan Diego, 1531

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On December 9, 1531, in Mexico, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego, a poor Aztec Indian who had recently converted to the Catholic faith. While he was walking on the hill of Tepeyac, he saw a vision of a young girl surrounded by light. The Lady asked for a church to be built there in her name. Juan Diego recognized her as the Virgin Mary and he told the story to the Spanish bishop. The bishop requested that Juan Diego ask the Lady for a miraculous sign to prove herself. Juan relayed the message to Our Lady and she told him to go to the top of the hill and cut the flowers that were growing there and bring them to her. It was winter and too cold for flowers to be growing but at the top of the hill he found beautiful roses. He cut them and brought them to Mary, who arranged them with her own hands in his tilma/mantle. Juan went to the bishop and proudly opened his tilma to show him the flowers. The flowers fell before the bishop but there, printed miraculously, on Juan’s tilma was the image of the beautiful Lady that he had seen on Tepeyak Hill. The bishop was then very much convinced by the signs, and the chapel was later built on the same spot where Juan Diego saw Our Lady. Continue reading

Points to Ponder on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Queen Conceived Without Original Sin

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  • It does NOT pertain to the Nativity (birth) of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • It does NOT pertain to Jesus’ conception in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • It IS the conception of the Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, wherein she (Mary) was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin by God’s grace in view of the merits of Jesus Christ.
  • The Immaculate Conception was defined by Pius IX in 1854. According to this dogmatic definition, it has been revealed by God that Mary was preserved from original sin from the moment of her conception.

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Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy – begins on 12/8/15

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I have opened my heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust.  ~ Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary of St. Faustina, 1520

Pope Francis has declared the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, to begin on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and end November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and the 50th anniversary of the Closing of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis will begin the Jubilee Year by opening the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on that day. Bishops throughout the world will open Holy Doors at the Cathedrals in their Dioceses, after which will follow the opening of the Holy Doors at designated Shrines and churches.

I am the door. By Me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved; and he shall go in, and go out, and shall find pastures.  (John 10:9)

Passage through a Holy Door is a sign of our decision to enter into the life of Jesus Christ and make the passage from sin to grace. Continue reading

December 6–Happy Saint Nicholas Day!

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St. Nicholas was the bishop of Myra in Lycia (now part of Turkey). He was very generous and always gave to the poor and needy. It was said that he saved three girls from being put into slavery by giving them money in their stockings that were hanging to dry to pay their father’s debts. He did this and many other kind acts anonymously. He is the patron saint of children and bakers.

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How can mass shootings be avoided?

Mass shootings like those in Paris, France and most recently San Bernardino, California can be avoided.  The liberal (ie. Communist/Socialist) big lie, that firearms are evil, keeps the average American from seeing the common sense solution.  Americans need to be armed and ready to defend themselves.  These attacks would never occur, if the perpetrators knew their potential victims were armed and ready to defend themselves.  If attackers were foolish enough to shoot at armed citizens, they would not kill many before they were killed themselves.

Our founders gave us the Second Amendment as a protection of our right to defend life, liberty, and property.  Pennsylvania’s Constitution says, in Article I, Section 21, “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.”

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